Reading QR codes by using the rear camera as a scanner reveals links to a website, scanning barcodes reveal info regarding the product or service where the code appears. While QR code contains info in vertical lines, the barcode contains info in the horizontal direction only. However, QR is considered as better to barcodes since they can be scanned from any angle.
An Android device can read both the QR codes and barcodes using the camera having autofocus and given the application, which aids the facility, is installed in the device. Some people use Google Now on Tap and the camera app to scan the QR code, but not all devices facilitates that.
Below is how you can scan QR and barcodes with an Android device. Using an application and the pertinent information can be accessible to you instantly at your fingertips.
Scanning Using QR Code Reader Apps
Firstly, enable cellular data or Wi-Fi in your device, open the Google Play Store app, and download any of the free apps reading QR codes for Android. Once the app downloads, open it on the Android device and point the device camera at the QR code. The app would automatically scan the code. If your Android device has a camera having autofocus, the scan would be over within seconds and accurately.
Scanning Using ShopSavvy App
You can download the ShopSavvy Barcode & QR Scanner from Google Play Store for scanning the info. Downloading the app would take only less than a minute based on your Android device and the strength of internet connectivity. Once the app downloads, you will be prompted to make an account with ShopSavvy – it is up to if you. Once you are done skipping or making the account, tap on the scanning icon to the top-right corner of the app. Then, simply point your device camera at the barcode or QR code.
Scanning QR and Barcodes through Google Now on Tap is also perfectly possible provided your Android device supports the facility. Open the Camera app on your Android tablet, and tap and hold down the Home button to enable Google Now on Tap. Then, scan the QR codes or barcodes appearing in print or digital in the same manner as explained earlier. Now that scanning both is possible with a compatible device, you can also make payments.